“I dtreo poblacht nua – towards a new republic – conference. Millennium Forum Derry. Speakers include Pearse Doherty TD, George Quigley, Michael McLoone, Martin McGuinness, MLA amongst others. Ag aontú Éireann – uniting Ireland.” The conference was organised by Sinn Féin. Basil McCrea of the UUP also spoke (Jude Collins).
“In proud memory of fallen comrades Capt Joe Long, Vol James (Milky) Cordner, Vol Robert (Squeak) Seymour, Vol Robert Bennett – lest we forget”. Seymour was shot dead by the (P)IRA (Sutton); James Cordner and Joseph Long were killed in a premature explosion (Balaclava St), and Robert Bennett was killed by the British Army during a riot (Sutton).
The plaque was previously on a brickwork column in front of the previous mural – see M02953.
“RNU supports the POWs in Maghaberry and Portlaoise gaol.” Taylor, E. McLoone, M. McLoone, Nash, Doyle, Cassidy, Kerr, McFadden, Derry, O’Donnell. “T. Taylor” is presumably Tony Taylor, released under the conditions of the Good Friday agreement but jailed for three years in 2011 for possession of a rifle (BBC).
In 2008 and 2009 artist Raymond Henshaw completed a series of cultural murals about the Markets area of Belfast. This one showcases the people of the Markets. Two of the images – bottom right and two spots above it – show a street party to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Robert Emmet in 1953. For a mural from that occasion (in Ardoyne) see Visual History 02.
“Vol. Kieran Doherty, Óglaigh Na hÉireann, age 25, commenced his hunger strike on May 22 and tragically died on Sunday afternoon 2nd Aug 1981. Kieran was elected TD by the people of Cavan and Monaghan in their support of the prisoners’ campaign for political status.” “It is not those who inflict the most but those who endure the most who shall conquer in the end – this [paraphrase of 1920 hunger-striker Terence MacSwiney] was one of the last messages sent out of the H-Blocks by Vol Kieran Doherty TD.”
The mural on the stairs has been removed – compare with 2004, which also has close-ups.
This portrait and plaque to Doherty are at the bottom of Slemish Way at the junction with the Andersonstown Road; there is a memorial stone at the top of Slemish Way on Commedagh Drive.